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The cinematic heyday of the National Lampoon brand has long since passed, given way to an onslaught of direct-to-dvd comedies too unfunny for even discount bins to properly sell at a low enough price. If you ever want to reminisce about what the National Lampoon brand used to signify when it preceded a film title, you need only look as far as Animal House or the Chevy Chase road-trip classic Vacation, directed by Harold Ramis and written by John Hughes. It's that rare R comedy you just can't find anymore; it's simultaneously hilarious without being vulgar. In fact, it's downright wholesome most of the time, with its most subversive moments likely going way over the head of any kids who might be sitting in the audience while still giving them plenty of sight gags and slapstick to keep them happy. It stands as a testament to what National Lampoon used to be, »
- Lex Walker
Here’s a look at this week’s new Blu-ray releases: Side Effects (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) - $22.99 (34% off) Beautiful Creatures (2013) [Blu-ray] - $22.99 (36% off) The ABC's of Death [Blu-ray] - $16.99 (43% off) The Last Stand [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) National Lampoon's Vacation: 30th Anniversary [Blu-ray] - $14.86 (25% off) Medium Cool (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $27.86 (30% off) Parker [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (44% off) Stand Up Guys [Blu-ray] - $14.99 (63% off) Struck By Lightning [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (33% off) True Blood: The Complete Fifth Season (Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy) - $34.99 (56% off) »
- Adam Chitwood
Crammed inside a Metallic Pete Truckster and hopped up on forced optimism, thirty years ago the Griswold Family trekked across the country in hopes of seeing Wally World. Along the way, they committed felonies, lost several members of their crew and almost strangled each other. In some ways, their journey feels a bit dated. From that horrendous station wagon to the soundtrack to the way director Harold Ramis frames the movie, much of it is very clearly a product of the 1980s, but in all of the important ways, the hate they wield for their redneck cousins, the smell that lingers out of the backseat and the unyielding sense of frustration, National Lampoon.s Vacation is eternal. To celebrate Vacation.s 30th anniversary, the studio decided to release a brand new Blu-ray edition this morning. It offers all kinds of bells and whistles including a spectacular, hilarious and lengthy behind-the-scenes »
There are few activities more American — and none more excruciating — than a good ol' family road trip across this giant boring country of ours. And the brilliant comedy "National Lampoon's Vacation," which is getting a newfangled 30-year anniversary Blu-ray release this week, sums up those carsick sensations of summer with pitch-perfect gags.
Based on an autobiographical short story in National Lampoon magazine, John Hughes' hilarious screenplay eloquently expresses the universal truth that nothing drives a family apart faster than a long drive together. So with this classic celebrating its 30th anniversary this summer, we're reviewing some life lessons learned by the Griswolds on the holiday road.
Lesson #1: Car Salesmen are Not Always Trustworthy
On rare occasion, an unsavory car dealer will attempt to sell you an automobile not ideal for your personal needs and finances. And all the attributes of that hypothetically ill-suited vehicle come standard in the Wagon Queen Family Truckster. »
- Ben Freiburger
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
This week: Steven Soderbergh's supposedly final film "Side Effects" is a psychological thriller starring Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. We tell you why it's a final work worth checking out.
Also new this week is the return of Arnold Schwarzenegger to leading-man status in "The Last Stand," the Ya supernatural romance "Beautiful Creatures," Al Pacino and Christopher Walken in "Stand Up Guys" and a 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray of "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Box Office: $32 million
Rotten Tomatoes: 85% Fresh
Storyline: This twisty tale from Steven Soderbergh is about a woman named Emily (Rooney Mara) who turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Jude Law) to help her deal with her intense anxiety attacks after her husband (Channing Tatum) is released from jail. After Banks prescribes an experimental drug to Emily, the side effects have deadly consequences and Banks reaches out to Emily's former shrink (Catherine Zeta-Jones) for advice. »
- Robert DeSalvo
I believe Michael Scott perfectly summed up today’s emotions when he stated, “Well, this is gonna hurt like a motherf—er.”
The final day of both The Office and my Dundies extravaganza is upon us, and needless to say, it’s an emotional one. Among the last batch of personalized Dunder Mifflinite honors are the very best of Jim and Pam, Dwight and Pam, and even Kelly and Ryan.
- Megan Masters
The Great Gatsby features one of the most iconic pool scenes in entertainment history -and if that’s a spoiler, well then shame on you for not doing your 9th grade English homework. Baz Luhrmann‘s big screen adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic opens wide this Friday (!), and just like Gatsby, our relationship with pools has been a mix of both pleasure and pain. Yes, it’s a rare and awesome chance to get a first-hand glimpse at seriously fit people putting their fab physique on display in revealing swimwear. But then it gets weird when people ask us why we’re swimming with our shirt on. “I’m cold” doesn’t work as well as you’d think. But in honor of the film’s release, we’ve decided to count down ten movie pool scenes where no one keeps their shirt on!
10. Swimfan (2002)
Danger is a »
- Jordan Runtagh
Tonight’s How I Met Your Mother reminded me of that scene in National Lampoon’s European Vacation where Chevy Chase and his family get stuck in London’s Lambeth Bridge Roundabout. Every time I find myself having even the slightest urge to root for Robin and Ted, a couple I know is not meant to be, I feel like yelling out, “Look, kids, Big Ben!”
So how did we end up with yet another doubt-planting Ted and Robin “moment”? Let’s recap…
In this episode, Robin set out to find a locket that she had buried years ago in Central Park, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
From Scarface to Return of the Jedi to WarGames. The summer of 1983 was a good one. Maybe not the best ever summer of movies, but a fun one for sure. Last year the Alamo Drafthouse hosted a series of events as part of the epic Summer of 1982. They're back again for "the sequel to the greatest summer of movies... ever" with the Summer of 1983, from thirty years ago. They've organized another summer-long series of screenings kicking off with Return of the Jedi's 30th anniversary May 25th, and more from Trading Places, Risky Business to National Lampoon's Vacation. This will be a great summer if you live by a Drafthouse. Except for the Return of the Jedi opening, the Alamo Drafthouse's Summer of 1983 programming will be featured in all Alamo Drafthouse markets, including Austin, Houston, and San Antonio, TX; Denver, Co; Kansas City, Mo; and Ashburn and Winchester, Va. Tickets »
- Alex Billington
The exploits that made Chevy Chase famous on the screen were supposed to be rebooted for a future generation. Now, it seems plans for this vacation have been delayed.
The reboot which was under the title of “Vacation,” was set to star Ed Helms who is most know for his roles on the T.V. show “The Office” as well as the comedy blockbuster, “The Hangover.” Helms would have played a grown up Rusty Griswold, son of the original protagonist Clark who was played by Chevy Chase. Chase as well as co-star Beverly D’Angelo apparently would have made appearances in the newest release albeit now as grandparents.
It seems that for now “Vacation” will be setback because of creative difference. The main source of such problems would be whether to go for an R-rating or a more family friendly PG-13. Insiders say that it is possible to have a »
- Ruben Gonzalez
A reboot of the "Vacation" series was always a touchy proposition, but if they had to do it, putting Ed Helms behind the wheel didn't sound like that bad of an idea, right? Well, regardless of how you felt, you're going to have to wait a little longer to see the results.
Originally set for a July start date, the "Vacation" reboot with Helms is temporarily on hold, The Hollywood Reporter revealed. According to their inside sources, the people behind the scenes couldn't agree on what rating the film, directed by "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, should aim for.
THR couldn't confirm who was fighting for what, but the dispute came down to PG-13 versus R. Even before this disagreement, the rating was likely to a point of contention for the reboot anyway, since the original Chevy Chase movie touted the more mature rating, while the »
- Kevin P. Sullivan
Hope you weren't already packed up and ready to visit the theater for that "National Lampoon's Vacation" reboot because the weather report on the project just took a turn for the worse.
Oh no, Sparky!
Just a month ago, New Line was able to wrangle in series old-timers Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo for a much-needed cameo in the film. The reboot would star Ed Helms as their all-grown-up son Rusty and Christina Applegate as his wife, but apparently that wasn't quite enough to move the project forward.
According to Variety, the studio has now pushed the pause button on the movie altogether, citing "creative differences," so while it was expected to go forward with production this summer in Georgia, it's now stuck in traffic limbo.
- Amanda Bell
Although the recent addition of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo to the cast seemed to confirm that New Line’s Vacation reboot was on track—Because who would dare waste the time of Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo?—The Hollywood Reporter says the film has now been delayed indefinitely, only a couple months before production was to begin. According to THR’s sources, the reason cited was the age-old “creative differences,” specifically a disagreement over whether the comedy should aim for the R-rated sort-of raunch of the original Vacation, or stick to broader, PG-13 laughs the whole family »
“Vacation” plans have been put on hold. A reboot of the popular 1983 Chevy Chase comedy has been delayed indefinitely due to creative differences, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The new “Vacation,” which is set to star Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, was scheduled to start filming in July under the helm of writers and first-time directors John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. But New Line halted production because some parties wanted to make it a PG-13 movie and others felt it should be rated R (like the original). Sources tell the trade paper that the delay could last just a couple months or until the end of the year. The reboot focuses on Helms' character, Rusty, the son of Clark Griswold. Chase and his “Vacation” wife, Beverly D'Angelo, will make cameos in the new movie. [via THR] »
- Kelly Woo
There's been a lot of news lately regarding Warner Bros' upcoming "Vacation" sequel, including that Christina Applegate (Anchorman) will star alongside Ed Helms (The Hangover), and that Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo were in talks to reprise their roles. But even though the film was set to begin filming in June in Atlanta and New Mexico, the studio has revealed that it's putting the project on hold indefinitely due to creative differences. It's not clear what the issue is, but since "Horrible Bosses" writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein have been very excited about pushing the movie forward, it's likely that the issue is a major one. Stay tuned. »
News Simon Brew 24 Apr 2013 - 07:19
The brakes are applied to the new National Lampoon's Vacation movie, with "creative differences" the problem...
Hollywood's ongoing remakeathon has been showing no shortage of confidence in recent times, and just last week, we reported that work was pressing ahead on a new take on John Hughes' Weird Science. Not long before that, it was the Point Break remake we were talking about. And not too long before that, it was a new attempt to tackle National Lampoon's Vacation.
However, in spite of apparently attracting Chevy Chase back to reprise the role of Griswold Senior, Warner Bros has put the brakes on the project. It doesn't appear that it's been canned, but The Hollywood Reporter is citing "creative differences" as the reason why the pause button has been pressed.
We don't know who the differences are between, but it does seem that the »
For a while, New Line’s reboot/sequel to the famous National Lampoon’s Vacation series had been making good progress. First, the film cast rising star Ed Helms as Rusty Griswald, the son of Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswald from the original movies. Then it added Christina Applegate as Helms’ wife. Last we heard, both Chase and Beverly D’Angelo were in talks to reprise their roles as Rusty’s parents.
Now, however, all of that progress has come to a grinding halt. According to a new report, the film has stalled due to creative differences between the filmmakers and the studio.
The delay, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, revolves primarily around what rating the film should be aiming for – an R rating to capture adult moviegoers or a broader PG-13 rating to bring in more family audiences. ...
- Rob Frappier
Warner Bros. Pictures has reportedly put its plans to reboot the "National Lampoon's Vacation" franchise on indefinite hold.
The story was set to follow the misadventures of the now-adult Rusty Griswold (Ed Helms), who, along with his own family, heads off on a vacation trip to Walley World.
All of the talent currently attached to the project remain that way at present.
Source: Vulture »
- Garth Franklin
Despite casting Ed Helms and Christina Applegate as the next generation of Griswolds, the Warner Bros. Vacation reboot is now "delayed indefinitely due to creative differences." The film was/is set to feature Helms as the adult version of Rusty Griswold. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo were/are set to return, too. Rejoice or weep with remorse depending on your stance on the project. »
- Zach Dionne
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